'''Lancashire''' (, ;
["The Phonology of English Dialects in the North of England" in Kortmann, B and Schneider, E. W. (eds.) ''A Handbook of Varieties of English'', Volume I. Berlin: Mouton, 2004, 130.]
archaically the '''County Palatine of Lancaster'''; abbreviated Lancs.) is a Non-metropolitan county|non-metropolitan Ceremonial counties of England|ceremonial county
in north west England
. The county town
is Lancaster, Lancashire|Lancaster
although the county's administrative centre is Preston, Lancashire|Preston
and has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of . People from the county are known as Lancastrians.
The history of Lancashire
begins with its founding in the 12th century. In the ''Domesday Book
'' of 1086, some of its lands were treated as part of Yorkshire
. The land that lay between the River Ribble|Ribble
and River Mersey|Mersey
, ''Inter Ripam et Mersam'' was included in the...